Still time to apply for board positions

04 February 2021

There is still time for business leaders to apply for positions to help drive forward the York and North Yorkshire economy.

The York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership is seeking leaders for several board positions, with the application process open until Sunday 14 February.

The York & North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership is geographically the largest, rural, LEP area in the UK and helps shape future priorities, develop partnerships, and secure both public and private sector investment to deliver economic growth across the region. In recent months, the LEP has worked with partners to develop ‘Greener Fairer Stronger’, a detailed economic plan in response to the impact of Covid-19.

Key sectors

The LEP is keen to see applicants who represent key sectors, such as manufacturing, food manufacturing, bioeconomy, Agri-tech, construction and visitor economy, or businesses using circular business models. Positions are open on the Main Board, Skills Board and Business Board.

Phil Sayles, Principal and Chief Executive of Selby College, and member of the LEP Skills Board

Phil Sayles, Principal and Chief Executive of Selby College, has been a member of the LEP’s Skills Board since 2019.

He said: “I think it’s a really pivotal time for the region. There are a lot of challenges and really difficult events that are happening. We have some choices and opportunities about how we go forward across a wide range of economic activity and the LEP is at the heart of that in York and North Yorkshire.

“I think the Skills Board does a really important job to make sure investment is in the right areas, and that public money is used well, protected and tailored to what our region needs. There’s a big focus on green technology, the agricultural industry, on manufacturing, and on digital skills. I think if you are really committed to this part of the country and you want to make a contribution to making sure we are helping people to develop the skills they need to move forward in their careers, change careers, help businesses be more productive, be more entrepreneurial, more responsive, than this is a great way of being involved.  Members of all the boards also increase their network of contacts and gain experience, so there are a lot of plusses.”

Between 2014 and 2020, the LEP oversaw more than £220m of investment in the region’s economy, split between business, infrastructure and skills projects.

How to apply

To apply, please send your CV with a covering letter to [email protected] specifying your interest to join one or more of our boards.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 14 February. Interviews will be held online, week commencing Monday 22 February. Successful candidates will be invited to attend their first Board meetings in March / April 2021. A board recruitment pack is available on the LEP website here.

To request an informal discussion about the role, please email [email protected]


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